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Martin Sawyer and Joy Pickard

SARH helps youngsters complete Prince’s Trust programme

Young volunteers from Stafford have been given valuable employment experience from a local housing association.

Stafford and Rural Homes organised two-week work placements for five Prince’s Trust volunteers as part of their 12-week programme of community work.

One of the volunteers Steven Hardy spent two weeks supporting older customers living at SARH’s Oxleathers Court Independent Living Scheme.

In a recent talk to staff at SARH about his experience with the organisation, Steven said: “Six months ago I couldn’t imagine standing and giving a talk in front of so many people.  But now thanks to the Prince’s Trust programme and the experience I have gained from working with SARH my confidence has improved so much and I feel much better prepared to find long term employment.”

Fellow volunteers Sandy McWilliam and Deb Davis spent their placement working within SARH’s ‘Repairs First’ team working with a variety of trade staff including joiners, plumbers and electricians.

Martin Sawyer and Joy Pickard also worked with office staff at SARH’s headquarters, at the Rurals.

During his placement Martin used his IT knowledge to help SARH staff produce a user manual on a design package as well as helping with general administration duties.

“My work placement with SARH was a great opportunity to learn new skills and boost my CV which I hope will help me to gain further employment opportunities in the future,” said Martin.

SARH also hosted a special awards presentation where the volunteers collected their certificates and gave a talk to explain the work they have done and recount their experiences, which included:

Spending a week away at a residential activity centre

Supporting a project based in their local community

Completing a two-week work placement

Participating in a team challenge, involving caring for others

Doing a team presentation

Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “In this current economic climate it is important that organisations like SARH look to create employment opportunities and help young people in particular to get into work.

“Our partnership with the Prince’s Trust has been a huge success and I’m delighted that the volunteers who have worked with us have found the time productive.  I hope we can build on this success and continue to work closely in the future.”

Shev Lambert, Prince’s Trust Team Leader for team 248 Stafford, said: “I want to build on this partnership with SARH and I believe that can we help a lot of young people in Stafford, which can only be good for the community.

“I am starting a new team in August so if you know a young person aged 16-25 who could benefit from the Princes Trust Programme. Please contact me on 07786113908.”

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